Köln F220

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Italian Fleet
P 420 Sparviero Pack
Köln-class, Köln F220 (1960)
General characteristics
238 peopleCrew
2 969 tDisplacement
7Number of section
16 mm (steel)Hull armor
4 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
100 mm/55 MLE model 53 cannon2 x Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 90°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
40 mm/70 MEL58 mounting2 x Turret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
4 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
2 x 40 mm/70 MEL58 mounting2 x Turret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
4 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
2 x 533 mm Mark 35 torpedoSetup 1
10 x Mk.6 depth chargeSetup 2
2 x 533 mm Mark 35 torpedo
10 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 3
96 x 375 mm M/50 Bofors anti submarine rocket launcherSetup 4
96 x 375 mm M/50 Bofors anti submarine rocket launcher
10 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 5
96 x 375 mm M/50 Bofors anti submarine rocket launcher
2 x 533 mm Mark 35 torpedo
Setup 6
96 x 375 mm M/50 Bofors anti submarine rocket launcher
2 x 533 mm Mark 35 torpedo
10 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 7
270 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/30 650 / 39 078/14 000 / 17 850Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 700 Ge icon.pngAces
196 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German frigate Köln F220. For the light cruiser, see Köln.


GarageImage Köln F220.jpg

The Köln-class, Köln F220 (1960) is a rank II German frigate with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Mark 35 (533 mm)

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Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting Depth Charges
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting 100 mm OPF F4 PFHE 40 mm HE-T-PF Rocket Launcher

Pros and cons

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The F220 Köln was the first ship out of six of the F120 "Köln" class. This class was one of the first to be built in Germany after World War 2 and the first in the world to feature a CODAG (combined diesel and gas) turbine system, allowing the F120 class ships to move above their cruising speed. Designed as escort ships to protect convoys, the F120 Frigates were specialized for Anti-Submarine Warfare.

F220 "Köln" was laid down by the end of December 1957 and finished about a year later in December 1958. The ship entered service on April 15th, 1961, serving in the 2. Escort Squadron stationed in Cuxhaven and later in the 2. Frigate Squadron stationed in Wilhelmshaven.

After serving in the West German Navy for 21 years, the ship was taken out of service on the 17th December 1982. Since 1989, the "Köln" serves as a hulk in Neustadt (Holstein).


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See also

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External links

Germany frigates
Köln F220 · Lübeck F224